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February, 2008:

Georgel Bushstro

Today is was announced that Fidel Castro was stepping down and would not seek another term as Cuba’s leader. His brother Raoul will most likely be his successor since he’s held provisional power for a year and a half now. I heard a brief interview with one of his ex-cabinet members (I assume it was ex, but I can’t find the story at the moment) who described Castro in the following way (this is paraphrased): “When he had a project in mind, it didn’t matter what the arguments were against it or what the evidence was against it, he held to his convictions about that project.”

I immediately thought they were talking about George W. Bush and did a double-take. I suppose these two guys have similar philosophies.

Now some would say that not “holding to your convictions” is “flip-flopping” and is a bad thing. In some cases, this is no doubt true. However, those same people usually will call a position change “flip-flopping” even if the change is a result of new contradictory information becoming available. In a situation where new information is considered, a change of position is called “being rational.” Anyone who does not take new information or new evidence or new ideas into consideration is a very dangerous individual to have in charge of a country and anyone who relies on the non-rational concepts of “faith” or (more scarily) “dogma” in their decision-making process is unfit for any type of leadership position (dogma-based organizations excluded).

A “rational” president is definitely something that this country desperately needs… especially now. Eight years without rationality is long enough. Just ask Cubans.